The Beauty and the Beast hype is very real. On Monday, the first teaser trailer for the live-action remake starring Emma Watson was viewed a record-breaking 91.8 million times — which just goes to show how much Disney’s animated classic has stuck with fans over the years.
I recently got a chance to speak with Alice Through the Looking Glass screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast movie. While she’s not involved with the new remake, she said she was very excited to see the film drawing from her take on the story and characters. “It makes me really, really happy,” she said, upon learning how many people watched the teaser in such a short amount of time. “It’s fantastic. I’m really excited about what they’re doing.”